Mark Bolsover: a poem



of Taika & the monkeys

(—fragment of-from dream).


hillside.

(thick grass (greenlush) (—o'ergrown). … ).


( … —down. (slope).


—by the (drystone. (grey.—huge, cleaneven-cut. fallen-ruined stone(s)) wall. … ).



Taika. (Waititi). … —chases the writer. (—slowmo… ). … —through the (—piles (strewn)) 'v leaves (brown-red. dry (dead).—abundant. … ).


… —rise. (kicked).-fly.—in… plumes (cloud).

(—'s a shot. (effect). (—rehearse-practice—set-up). …


—f'r the film.


… ).



Assitant – Director. …


—insists on (concentrat) collecting rocks. (small.—grey. heavy).

('n' puts them—in (th' bottom 'v) the white, plastic (a shoppings) bag. …


… —carefully selects. (—f'r size. and weight). … ).


To throw.—'T the monkeys. …


(—You can’t do that. …

(say.—me, and Taika. … ).



No one is throwing rocks ‘t Monkeys on this set, and that is my final word.

(Taika).


… ).



—(a) monkey.

(by-side the film's set. (wall. and grass). … ).


… —grey (light) fur-hair, … —long, black face (-nose-snoot). …



—sees the (film's) crew.

( … —curious. … ).


… —wants food. (fed).



—more (monkeys). ('rrive).



—hundreds 'v them.


… —b'come(-b'coming)—‘ggressive.

(confrontat).



—(we)—try.—t’ retreat. … —back.—t'(wards) th' wall (set('s)-location).



—they circle (us). (—'round).

(me.—and Taika).

( … —one. … —jumps (over). ( … —blocks escape). … ).



—'ggressive bearing-'v-teeth. …


… —we should've thrown the rocks.





Mark Bolsover’s debut chapbook, IN FAILURE & IN RUINS—dreams & fragments, is published with Into the Void Press (2017). His first collection, contra FLUX.—moments caught (arrested) whilst in-from motion., is published with Polyversity Press (2019). His work has appeared in a number of international literary publications, including: Into the Void, 404 Ink, Grub Street, Projectionist’s Playground, Mycelia, Open Polyversity, and Poetry Bus.